Updated: 02/07/2022 by Computer Hope

Lightning may refer to any of the following:

Lightning connector

1. Lightning is a proprietary type of connector designed by Apple, Inc. Introduced in September 2012, the rotationally symmetrical 8-pin Lightning connector provides power, and data at speeds of up to 500 Mbps, to select mobile and peripheral devices.


The following devices utilize a Lightning connection:


Lightning to 3.5 mm audio jack adapter

Lightning adapters are available for the following connection types:

Future support

In October 2018, Apple announced that future models of the iPad would use the USB-C connection instead of the Lightning connection.

High voltage sign

2. In nature, lightning refers to ESD (electrostatic discharge) that comes from the atmosphere. When a lightning storm occurs, it can pose a threat to any electronic devices connected to a power source. Electronics like computers and televisions contain fragile semiconductors that can be damaged if they receive a power surge. For this reason, we recommend protecting your valuable wired electronics with a surge protector.

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